Affordable Dental Crown Treatment In Garland TX
A dental crown is the visible top part of the tooth above the gum line or the sturdy restoration that covers the visible portion of a tooth . Garland Dentist Dr. Boppana restores and beautifies smiles with dental crowns, at Perfect 32 Family Dentistry in Garland, TX.
Lets Find the Dental Crown in the picture
What is a dental crown?
In general terms, a crown is the outermost white part of your tooth that is visible in your oral cavity. However, dental crown or cap is an artificial prosthesis that restores the form and function of a tooth. Dental crowns in Garland are the most versatile prosthesis since they can not only repair the existing damaged tooth but also provide a cosmetic solution for discolored teeth and even be used in a dental bridge to close the gaps that occur due to teeth loss.
What are dental crowns made up of?
Dental crowns can be made of various materials such as metals, metal alloys, porcelain or ceramic, acrylic or a blend of metal and porcelain.
The metal, predominantly used in the fabrication of dental crowns, include stainless steel. Rarely gold crowns are also fabricated owing to the preference of the patient.
Metal alloy crowns
Metal Alloys such as cobalt –chromium and nickel-chromium are used for dental crowns
Porcelain dental crowns are the tooth colored dental crowns and are fabricated only after matching their color to the adjacent teeth and are therefore highly esthetic.
Acrylic dental crowns are most commonly used as temporary dental crowns to prevent any damage to the teeth while the permanent dental crown is being fabricated in a dental lab.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns are also tooth colored except that their inner body is made of metal to provide for the much needed strength while the outer body has a porcelain layer to give it the natural appearance
What are the types of a dental crown?
Dental crowns are broadly divided into two categories, temporary and permanent.
Made of resin material and are used to seal and protect your tooth until it gets the permanent crown. Also, sometimes temporary crowns are placed transiently to wait for a tooth to become completely painless before placing the permanent one. Temporary crowns are not as durable as permanent ones since they are not cemented by strong cement.
On the other hand, are durable and may be made of various materials such as metal, metal alloys, porcelain and metal fused to porcelain, each having its own set of pros and cons.
Metal and metal alloy crowns
Crowns made of metal are sturdy and they handle masticatory forces very well without chipping off or breaking. However, their only drawback is the color mismatch from the adjacent teeth, which makes them an ideal restoration for back tooth or molars where they are least visible. These are the most cost-effective option for you if you have limited budget.
Porcelain fused to metal or metal ceramic crowns
These are the most commonly used dental crowns since they have the advantages of both, the strength of metal and the esthetics of ceramic. Although, the porcelain may sometimes chip off from places causing the underlying metal to become visible. Moreover, the porcelain may cause wearing of the opposing tooth when compared to a metal crown. Porcelain crowns can be used to restore front or back teeth since they are both, durable and matches the color of adjacent tooth.
Ceramic crowns in Garland offer the best tooth color matching and are excellent restoration options for front teeth. But, their price is their major drawback, being the most expensive of all the other dental crowns. At Perfect 32 Family Dentistry we are in-network with most Insurances and also offer a wide variety of payment options.
When do you need a dental crown?
Your Dentist in Garland may suggest a dental crown in various instances, some of which are:-
- In case of a root canal treatment, to impart strength to the tooth.
- To cover a discolored tooth
- To replace a large restoration in a grossly damaged tooth
- As a part of a dental implant
- In cases of excessive wear of teeth also known as attrition
- In cases of trauma to the tooth where the tooth has been rebuilt with composite.
Do milk teeth also need dental crowns? If yes, why and which ones?
Yes, because if milk teeth fall off well before time, the adjacent teeth move into the space created and eventually the arch space paucity leads to crowding of permanent teeth. Hence, milk teeth, which are grossly decayed or have been root canal treated, are restored by prefabricated stainless steel crowns which fall off with the falling of milk teeth.
What is the procedure for the placement of a dental crown?
Your Dentist in Garland Dr. Boppana will perform
- A comprehensive oral examination to assess the health of your teeth and gums.
- A local anesthesia is administered to numb the area.
- Thereafter, the tooth to be capped is reduced in size using dental burs to make space for the crown.
- An impression is made of the prepared tooth after which, a temporary dental crown is cemented onto the tooth for the time being.
- The shade of the tooth is matched to the adjacent tooth using shade guide and the impression is sent to the dental lab for the fabrication of permanent crown.
Patients return to Perfect 32 Family Dentistry in about two weeks. The interim crown is removed, and the new permanent crown is cemented securely in place.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure itself is painless since it is done under anesthesia. However, you may feel slight discomfort when the anesthesia wears off. Your dentist in Garland will prescribe you analgesics if you experience any such discomfort.
How can you take care of the temporary dental crown?
You need be careful, as the name suggests these are temporary in nature and can fall off.
- Avoid Sticky food.
- Chew on the other side of the mouth.
- Avoid Hard Candy or other hard to chew food.
- Be Careful while flossing as it could pull the temporary crown.
What all precautions should be exercised with a permanent dental crown?
The daily oral hygiene practices should be rigorously followed since even though a capped tooth is safe from decay on the surface but, the gum line is still vulnerable to caries and gum diseases. Therefore, twice daily brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash should be incorporated in your routine.
How durable are dental crowns?
Dental crowns can last anywhere between 5 to 15 years depending upon the oral hygiene routine that you follow as well the amount of stress your tooth is exposed to, on a daily basis. For example, habits such as teeth grinding and chewing ice can drastically reduce the life of your dental crown
What is the cost of dental crowns?
The cost of dental crown depends on the type of the crown and material used, a Porcelain Crown will cost more than other crowns. We are In-Network with most dental insurance plans, our Experienced staff at Perfect 32 Family Dentistry in Garland Tx can help check your Insurance policy and provide you with various affordable payment options.